BIRDING THE LUNE ESTUARY, THE UPLANDS OF BOWLAND AND BEYOND

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CLOUGHA PIKE UNTIL RECENT YEARS THE BOWLAND STRONGHOLD FOR THE STONECHAT. PETE WOODRUFF.

Friday, 22 February 2013

Its gotta be dun!

The wind chill on Wednesday was grim, but I felt it important for me to plug away and do a repeat run of Monday to note the following changes since then.

At Conder Green I found just 2 Little Grebe and noted 18 Tufted Duck on Conder Pool, 2 Spotted Redshank and a Greenshank obliged in the creeks, the latter being down towards the Conder Estuary. Three Little Grebe were on the canal basin at Glasson Dock, and three more Little Grebe were on the Lune Estuary, with estimates of 135 Black-tailed Godwit and 65 Goldeneye, a Little Egret and a pair of Red-breasted Merganser.

Driving down Moss Lane I saw the Whooper Swans and presumably Bewick's Swans had moved to a further inland field and less accessible, but without stopping their numbers appeared the same as Monday. 


Blackbird. Richard Pegler.

The weather and birds at Cockersands were dire, and as it turned out little purpose in my being there with a bitterly cold wind into the bargain, but I did note 13 Blackbird and 2 Song Thrush in the horse paddock at Bank Houses....God, birding can be bloody difficult at times! 

Coming Soon....

Northern Wheatear
Wheatear. David Cookson.


Whilst the weather and the birds at Cockersands were dire on Wednesday, in four weeks time I may well have found my first Wheatear of the year here, and....

Waxwing
Waxwing. David Cookson.


....will probably have waved, or will be waving goodbye to our last Waxwing of the winter. Thanks to Richard Pegler for the Blackbird, and to David Cookson for the Wheatear and Waxwing....all excellent images again.

And finally....one of those irresistables.


Lighting Up Time Martin Jump

Don't know how you achieved this one Martin but an amazing photograph....BRILLIANT. Hope you don't mind my caption!

2 comments:

Adam said...

nice waxwing

Warren Baker said...

Hoping for March wheatear here too Pete, :-)